Environment and planning

Planning approval


Chatswood to Sydenham planning approval

The Chatswood to Sydenham EIS covers the construction and operation of the Sydney Metro rail line for approximately 16 kilometres from Chatswood to Sydenham. This section of the rail line almost entirely comprises of underground rail tunnels (including beneath Sydney Harbour) and new stations at Crows Nest, Victoria Cross, Barangaroo, Pitt Street and Waterloo.

The EIS was on public exhibition from 11 May 2016 to 27 June 2016 and received more than 300 submissions. Sydney Metro collated the responses received during the EIS exhibition period, and released a Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report (available in the Document Library). This report included  a number of key charges as a result of feedback received. The Minister for Planning and Environment approved the Chatswood to Sydenham EIS on 9 January 2017.

More information: 

See the Chatswood to Sydenham Environmental Impact Statement Summary (PDF 20.2MB)

Sydenham to Bankstown planning approval

The Sydenham to Bankstown EIS covers the segregation, conversion and operation of the existing Sydney Trains T3 Bankstown Line to a Sydney Metro line between Sydenham and Bankstown.

Sydney Metro is currently preparing the Sydenham to Bankstown EIS for public exhibition in mid-2017.

More information

Sydenham to Bankstown State Significant Infrastructure Application Report Summary - February 2017 (PDF 4.04MB)

Environmental management

Sydney Metro City & Southwest has a Construction Environmental Management Framework (PDF 2.33MB) in place that sets out the minimum environmental management standards to be implemented on the project. The framework, in conjunction with the Construction Environment Management Plans, helps ensure Sydney Metro and its contractors comply with statutory and planning requirements through Environmental Impact Statements and Construction Environmental Management Plans.

Environmental management documentation

The Construction Environmental Management Framework and the planning approvals require the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project to produce a number of documents to enforce the management and monitoring of environmental impacts. These impacts may relate to:

  • noise and vibration
  • traffic and transport
  • local businesses
  • landscape and visual amenity
  • groundwater and geology
  • soil and water quality
  • flooding and hydrology
  • air quality
  • waste management.

Environmental management documentation is typically produced in the form of management plans, impact statements, monitoring reports and specialist consultant reports. Sydney Metro City & Southwest environmental management documentation is accessible from the Sydney Metro document library and the project’s contractor websites:

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